Monday, January 6, 2014

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

The competition: Blue is the Warmest Color (France), The Great Beauty (Italy), The Hunt (Denmark), The Past (Iran), The Wind Rises (Japan)

For your information: It’s hard to tabulate statistics by country since multiple countries are sometimes credited for a given film. Productions credited to Denmark, France, Iran, and Japan have all won within the past ten years, and Italy has been nominated a few times too. There are two returning names to this category, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, previously nominated for “The Celebration” in 1998, and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won in 2011 for “A Separation.” The only animated film in recent history to win this award was “Waltz with Bashir” in 2008. For the upcoming Oscar race, only “The Great Beauty” and “The Hunt” are eligible to be nominated.

Who should win? I haven’t seen “The Wind Rises” yet, but “Blue is the Warmest Color” is the obvious choice out of the other four (admittedly a decent list).

Who will win? It could be too controversial, but Blue is the Warmest Color has won too many other awards that it will be (deservedly) impossible to ignore.

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